Archive for November 30th, 2016

30/11/2016

Lead, the Silent Killer, Stalks Kenya’s Paint Industry

Human Wrongs Watch

By UNEP*

Squeezing past the pulley carts stacked high with goods, through the throng of people navigating the sweltering alleyways of Nairobi’s bustling informal industrial sector, Dr Faridah Were can’t hide her unease when she sees a man with half his arm plunged into a large bucket of paint.

Lead, the silent killer, stalks Kenya’s paint industry | UNEP
Framed by towers of colourful paint buckets in front of his small wooden kiosk, Njuki Mwangi stops hand-mixing his new batch of paint and looks up, smiling.

Dr Were is on a mission. Together with health and medical experts she is helping Kenya to rid its paint industry of lead – the toxin added to paint that is responsible for an estimated 600,000 new cases of intellectual disability among children every year.

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30/11/2016

A Long Road: Domestic Violence Law in China

Human Wrongs Watch

By Yuan Feng*

Women’s NGO outreaches to grassroots women in ethnic minority areas in Yunnan. Credit: Yuan Feng | Source: openDemocracy

In 2014, Ms. Dai was awarded compensation by a court which recognised that her then husband, Mr Liu, had committed domestic violence.

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30/11/2016

“Bonn Has Become an Insider Tip on the International Stage”

30/11/2016

Bulgaria: UN Concerned at Calls for Expulsions Following Tensions at Overcrowded Reception Centre

The United Nations refugee agency on 29 November 2016 voiced concerns over calls for expulsion, on national security grounds, of asylum-seekers after a protest at Bulgaria’s largest and most overcrowded reception centre.

Near the Bulgarian border with Turkey, a former military barracks in Harmanli has been converted into a vast complex for housing refugees. Photo: UNHCR/Gordon Welters

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) urged the Bulgarian Government to improve living conditions at the Harmanli reception centre and establish a constructive dialogue with asylum-seekers staying there.

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